It’s Barrytown: Dublin One City One Book in 2015

Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is delighted to announce that Roddy Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy is the Dublin: One City One Book Choice for 2015. 

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes says “Dublin: One City One Book is about bringing Dublin’s literature to a wider audience. The Barrytown Trilogy  is sure to help us to build on the incredible success the initiative has enjoyed. Dublin City Public Libraries will produce an imaginative festival programme which will animate the book through music, film and public readings in April 2015.”


The Barrytown Trilogy, published by Vintage, brings Roddy Doyle’s three acclaimed novels featuring the unforgettable Rabbitte family together in one volume. 

  • The Commitments (1987) charts the rise (and even more rapid fall) of Jimmy Rabbitte's soul band and their bid for stardom in 1980s Dublin. 

  • The Snapper (1990) centres on the speculation around Sharon Rabbitte’s pregnancy and

  • The Van (1991) follows Jimmy Rabbitte Senior and his pal Bimbo as they attempt to cash in on Ireland’s legendary adventures at the 1990 World Cup.

Author Roddy Doyle commented:  “When I wrote the books that make up The Barrytown Trilogy  I hoped that the city would come up off the page, like a character.  When the characters spoke, Dublin spoke.  So, twenty-eight years after I started writing the novels that make up the trilogy, I'm delighted - and proud - that it will be the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2015.”

The choice of The Barrytown Trilogy follows another hugely successful Dublin: One City One Book festival last April. The 2014 choice, If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song, succeeded in bringing poetry to a wider audience and became one of Ireland’s best selling poetry books ever. It is already one of the most borrowed books in Dublin City Public Libraries this year. 

The Dublin: One City One Book Festival has encouraged everyone to read a book connected with Dublin during the month of  April since it started in 2006. The initiative is led by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature designation and is supported by theDepartment of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 

Ends For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

Jane Alger, Director, Dublin City Libraries’ UNESCO City of Literature Office 087 959 0010

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Notes to the editor Previous books featured in the Dublin: One City One Book festival are At Swim Two Birds by Flann O’ Brien (2006), A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry (2007), Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (2008), Dracula by Bram Stoker (2009), A Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde (2010), Ghost Light by Joseph O’Connor (2011), Dubliners by James Joyce (2012), Strumpet City by James Plunkett (2013) and If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth (2014).